[Item #5955] Medea at Kochis/ The Maiden Head. Robert Duncan.
Medea at Kochis/ The Maiden Head
Medea at Kochis/ The Maiden Head

Medea at Kochis/ The Maiden Head

Berkeley, CA: Oyez, 1965. Limited First Trade Edition. Softcover in Wrappers. "My concept of The Maiden Head is not related so much to the Dionysian mysteries, to the great theater of Greek tragedy- tho in the play I meant for the head of the Maiden to rise from the ground as in the old rites of Kore- as to the primitive theater of each of us in our own lives, the nursery where infantile and puerile passions are enacted in play; for the persons of my stage are playing house, playing selves, playing the eternal return of Jason and Medea." (from "Another Preface. 1963/1965," unpaginated) A play by Robert Duncan (1919-1988), the great American poet & author of the Black Mountain School- San Francisco Renaissance-&-Beyond. Originally commissioned, written & performed at Black Mountain College during 1956 (where Duncan's legendary Maximus-Mentor Charles Olson was undoubtedly in attendance), this is the first appearance of the play in print, an exemplary 1965 production of the fabled Oyez imprint. With Duncan's original 1956 Note & later Preface (quoted above). Trade-format softcover in wrappers with flaps (front cover reproduces illustration with titles by Duncan), one of 472 softcover-original limited trade copies from a total edition of 500 including 28 hardbound, numbered & signed copies (see copyright/colophon page image). With all first-printing points in Bertholf, A16(a), pg. 67. From the collection of Robin Eichele (b. 1941), noted American Mimeo-Revolutionary poet; co-founder, with John Sinclair, of the Detroit Artists' Workshop; & our good nearby friend. An important Duncan collectible in its rarest contemporary limited trade form, with distinguished provenance. In relatively exceptional very-fine condition with only a touch of rubbing, faint scratching to front, back covers & spine; a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same & flaps; otherwise substantially pristine inside & out. Very Fine. [Item #5955]

Price: $40.00